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Singers and Violinists

SUMMER COURSE in Graz, Austria from JULY 13-20, 2018

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Singers and Violinists

SUMMER COURSE in Graz, Austria from JULY 13-20, 2018

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International Academy of Musical Excellence

International Academy of Musical Excellence offers a unique summer course from July 13-20, 2018 for singers and violinists who are seeking to improve their technique and performance practice in a supportive, honest and encouraging environment. Participants work one-on-one with great teachers and world-class performers in a beautiful, European location and at an affordable price. Experience an intense and inspiring week of private lessons and coachings, masterclasses, group workshops and performing opportunities. In addition, singers will have the unique opportunity to receive success coaching, and violinists will have the unique opportunity to learn from one of the foremost violin makers in the world. To ensure individual attention and a high standard of work, participation is limited to 10 singers and 10 violinists.

for singers & violinists who desire an artistic experience that will broaden their horizons.

7 Days of Intense Musical Growth

 Hartmut Ometzberger and Diana Jacklin performing at the Mozart Saal in Vienna's Konzerthaus.

Hartmut Ometzberger and Diana Jacklin performing at the Mozart Saal in Vienna's Konzerthaus.

For whom is this course designed?

SINGERS: This course is designed for professional, semi-professional and aspiring opera singers and song recitalists as well as students of opera and song. The course is a great place to prepare for auditions and recitals in a supportive and encouraging environment. Singers are challenged to explore possibilities and take risks under the guidance of experienced, skilled and caring teachers so they can bring their self-confidence and "STAGE CONFIDENCE" to a higher level. To ensure attention for all participants, admission is limited to only 10 singers. All participants must be at least 18 years of age, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The teaching language is English.

VIOLINISTS: This course is designed for violin students, young professionals and professionals seeking help and inspiration. Participants are taught and encouraged to release tensions in order to achieve a more natural movement of the body which leads to freedom of movement and freedom of expression. As there are many performing opportunities during the week, the course is a great place to prepare for (college) auditions and recitals. Violinists choose and bring their repertoire to the course. To ensure attention for all participants, admission is limited to only 10 violinists. All participants must be at least 18 years of age, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The teaching language is English.

What the Course Includes for Singers:

  • 3 Private Voice Lessons (30 minutes each) with Diana Jacklin.

  • 3 Private Vocal Coaching Sessions (30 minutes each) with Thomas Enman or Kristin Okerlund.

  • 4 Masterclass Sessions (2-3 hours long) with Diana Jacklin and/or Glenys Linos. Each student actively participates in at least 2 -30 minute sessions.

  • Time with Pianists. (2 new grand pianos.)

  • 3 Group Workshops (For example: character analysis and movement; song interpretation; develop freedom and spontaneity through improvisation; audition preparation)

  • 1 Group Success Coaching Session (For example: dealing with criticism/rejection; designing your unique career)
  • 4-5 Performances. Each singer actively participates in at least 2 performances.

  • Listen to violinists and learn to listen for intonation and musical ideas.

  • Practice and study time.

  • Use of teaching and practice rooms designated for the course, as well as access to Bildungshaus Mariatrost's Garden, Cafetaria and Dining Room.

  • Private Sleeping Room with private attached bathroom in the lovely Bildungshaus Maria Trost.

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) including sparkling and still water and juice. Coffee and tea at breakfast only. The award-winning kitchen takes pleasure in using local produce and accommodates all food allergies, as well as vegetarians and vegans.

  • 2 Coffee Breaks (with coffee, tea, juice and sparkling and still water), including either sandwich or cake.

  • Possibility to take beautiful walks and explore the area of Maria Trost and Graz. The charming city center of Graz is a short 15-minute Strassenbahn (streetcar) ride away.

  • In order to ensure individual attention for all participants, we limit admission to only 10 singers.

 

What the Course Includes for Violinists:

  • 3 Private Violin Lessons (45-60 minutes each) with Diana Cummings and Hartmut Ometzberger.

  • 4 Masterclass Sessions with Diana Cummings and Hartmut Ometzberger. Each student actively participates in at least 2.

  • Time with Pianists. (2 new grand pianos.)

  • 4-5 Performances. Each violinist actively participates in at least 2 performances.

  • Learn from world-famous violin maker Roland Houel in workshops. (For example: how to take care of your instrument; what to look for in an instrument; communication with violin makers, etc.)

  • Reduced-rate violin cleaning, sound adjustments, repairs, etc during the course done by Roland Houel.

  • Listen to singers and work on breathing and phrasing.

  • Practice and study time.

  • Use of teaching and practice rooms designated for the course, as well as access to Bildungshaus Mariatrost's Garden, Cafetaria and Dining Room.

  • Private Sleeping Room with private attached bathroom in the lovely Bildungshaus Maria Trost.

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) including sparkling and still water and juice. Coffee and tea at breakfast only. The award-winning kitchen takes pleasure in using local produce and accommodates all food allergies, as well as vegetarians and vegans.

  • 2 Coffee Breaks (with coffee, tea, juice and sparkling and still water), including either sandwich or cake.

  • Possibility to take beautiful walks and explore the area of Maria Trost and Graz. The charming city center of Graz is a short 15-minute Strassenbahn (streetcar) ride away.

  • In order to ensure individual attention for all participants, we limit admission to only 10 violinists.

Why Singers and Violinists?

In 2007, Soprano Diana Jacklin and Violinist Hartmut Ometzberger formed the only voice and violin duo in the world. Since then, they have performed their unique repertoire around the world. NYC's TIME OUT magazine called them "an eclectic duo." Through the years of working together intensely and performing as a duo, they have both benefited greatly.  Their intense work together has defined the ways that a singer can benefit from a violinist and vice, versa, which is the reason that they developed this course.

We always hear that instrumentalists, especially string players, should listen to great singers, which is true, but singers should also listen to great string players. Working with Hartmut is a great gift because he is such an amazing musician with an incredible sense of spontaneity and intimacy. Working with such a fabulous violinist has expanded my color palette and given me greater freedom of expression.
— Diana Jacklin
Diana has a freedom of expression that I emulate in my playing. Her Bel Canto technique gives her that freedom and glorious sound. Listening to her and working with her gives me a deep understanding of breathing and phrasing.
— Hartmut Ometzberger
[Hartmut Ometzberger’s] phrasing is incredibly vocal.
— Thomas Enman
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Violinists and Singers Learn from each other and reap the benefits.

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Violinists and Singers Learn from each other and reap the benefits.

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Singers


Stage Confidence

7 days of "Stage Confidence" building.

 

Singers


Stage Confidence

7 days of "Stage Confidence" building.

 

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Violin


Freedom

Freedom of Movement leads to Freedom of Expression

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Violin


Freedom

Freedom of Movement leads to Freedom of Expression

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"It was a wonderful week! I learned so much and had a fantastic experience. We covered so much: vocal technique, phrasing, interpretation, diction, dramatic presentation, delivery, improvisation, characterization and performance. I was grateful that there were so many performances to incorporate all the work."

Participant - SINGER

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“The course was so uplifting and inspiring for me. I came back feeling that I could cope with anything. It really was life-changing for me. I left feeling so much taller and with enormous self-worth. I felt “ME” for the first time in a long time, and this inner strength is still with me. I am so grateful. It was just fantastic!”

Participant - SINGER

 

 

 

"I wouldn’t change anything about the week. The week was perfect. And, by the way, the food and accommodations were the best I have ever had at a course, not just the best, but SO MUCH BETTER than anything else I have experienced!"

Participant - VIOLINIST

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